AAP Medianet - 12 July 2018

July 12, 2018

Welcome to this week's AAP Medianet newsletter featuring notable career moves and publication changes in the media industry, our Editor's pick for news release of the week and upcoming events.

This Week's Media Movements


Alison Mitchell has joined Channel 7’s cricket commentary team as a test match caller for the summer coverage of the sport. Alison has over 10 years of experience commentating on the sport at an international level. She has worked for the BBC, Cricket Australia, Channel 9 and the ABC.

Channel 7’s summer cricket coverage will be hosted by Mel McLaughlin and James Brayshaw. Mel is an experienced host and has covered various major sporting events, including the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, FIFA World Cups and Big Bash League cricket. James is currently a radio presenter at Triple M and a former Australian cricketer. 

Lorna Gray is the new editor of Cosmopolitan. She was previously the digital managing editor across Bauer Media’s publications, including Cosmopolitan, Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, Gourmet Traveller, Now To Love and Homes To Love. Lorna first joined Bauer Media in 2014 as a freelance writer. 

Caitlin Nienaber will soon be joining the team at ABC Sydney. She is currently a breakfast presenter at RTR FM and will finish in this role at the end of July. Caitlin started out in the industry by volunteering at 6EBA 95.3, a community radio station in Perth. 

Emily Blatchford is now the deputy editor of Kidspot.com.au. She was previously the parenting editor of the website. Prior to joining Kidspot.com.au, Emily was an associate editor at HuffPost Australia, where she oversaw the lifestyle section. 

94.9 Power FM Nowra has a new breakfast team with hosts Sam Blacker and Grace Garde. Sam has been with the station for close to two years. Before joining the station, he worked at 96.5 Wave FM and Power FM Ballarat. Grace was previously the drive announcer at 94.9 Power FM.      

Laura House has been promoted to editor of Femail at The Daily Mail Australia. She was previously the website’s assistant editor. Laura has been with The Daily Mail since 2015 and has also written about food and lifestyle for The Great Aussie Bite.


Editor's Pick: Press Release of the Week...

Local manufacturers explore emerging technologies at UNSW event
     Image: Luke Gresham / UNSW     

Industry leaders, including CSIRO, NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), and UNSW Science met for the AMGC’s Path to Advanced Manufacturing event to discuss emerging manufacturing trends and the future of an industry undergoing fundamental change.

“One-in-ten Australians are employed in manufacturing and this number will continue to grow,” said Michael Sharpe, NSW Director of AMGC. 

Read full story

Media Spotlight

Emma Duffy, journalist at The Real Estate Conversation 
Emma is the editor and journalist of The Real Estate Conversation at Williams Media. Her work has been featured in Style Magazines, Fashion Weekly, and The Creative Issue. Emma also has experience in radio and television.

When did you first decide you wanted to be a journalist?
I’ve always loved telling stories, but the decision to become a journalist came when I was studying Creative and Professional Writing at Queensland University of Technology. I couldn’t see myself becoming the next J.K Rowling or Jodi Picoult, so I switched to journalism instead. It was the best decision I have ever made.

You've recently started working at Williams Media, how are you enjoying it so far?
It has been the steepest learning curve ever. Having said that though, I rock up every single day with the mindset of “bring it on”, and strive to do my job better than the day before. The highlight so far has been being the first to publish a story about Rebecca and Chris Judd selling their home in Brighton.

What has been one lesson you've taken from your experience that has helped you achieve your current career path? 
Hustle and work hard. You can’t afford to become complacent in this industry. There’s always someone else out there who would kill to have your job, and would probably do it ten times better.

For a press release to grab your attention, what should it contain?
It must demonstrate an understanding of who they are pitching to. If a press release is delivered with a note explaining how the issue/product is relevant to our publication, it will always be gratefully received. Additionally, stunning high-resolution images and embeddable media assets can make or break a release.

Upcoming Media Events

Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival (pictured right)
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July, Hobart
A weekend of feasting, craft ciders, costumes and music to celebrate the best of the Huon Valley.


National Wound Awareness Week
Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st July, Nationwide
The theme for this year’s National Wound Awareness Week is “Let’s talk about wounds”. The Australian Wound Management Association is encouraging everyone to talk to health professionals about hard-to-heal wounds.

2018 Camel Cup (pictured below)
Saturday 14th July, Alice Springs
The annual camel race returns to Alice Springs for another year, with nine races scheduled along dusty outback tracks.

2018 Liveable Cities Conference
Monday 16th to Tuesday 17th July, Melbourne
The annual Liveable Cities Conference highlights current projects, challenges and opportunities available to create green, sustainable and economically viable cities.

National Farm Safety Week
Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd July,Nationwide
A week dedicated to raising awareness of farm safety issues in rural Australia. This year’s theme is ‘Innovative, Safe and Healthy’.

AAP Media Masterclass
Wednesday 18th July, Melbourne 
Hear insights from leading media journalists
from Nine News, Herald Sun, 3AW 693 and more. Join panel discussions, Q&A sessions and workshops to get direct feedback on your pitch and media strategy. 

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